Dr. Heidi K. Gardner sheds light on the concept of “smart collaboration” as a means to address complex problems by integrating diverse expertise and perspectives. Smart collaboration goes beyond merely amassing experts, and involves strategically weaving together their insights for innovative solutions. It’s imperative for individuals to embrace constructive conflicts, grounded in mutual trust, to fuel creativity and innovation. Additionally, Dr. Gardner emphasizes the importance of competency trust and cautions against collaboration overload, which can hinder effective participation. Furthermore, a clear organizational strategy is essential in helping team members understand how their contributions align with the organization’s goals and priorities.
Nonprofits face more daunting challenges today than ever before, and the pandemic has brought home the realization that they will never successfully address these problems alone, but only in collaboration with others.